The ability of epoxies to strengthen and improve existing products, equipment, and facilities, and to enable the creation and development of new renewable energy technologies, is just one way they contribute to the sustainability of life and industry.
Epoxies also help make life healthier by improving food storage capabilities, increasing supply chain and delivery efficiency, and delivering clean water through pipes that are more durable. Their applications in sanitation and housing lead to more efficient use of resources and materials as well.
Epoxies serve as a key ingredient in a variety of products and technologies that enhance energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support the fight against climate change. Nearly all renewable energy sources and technologies – wind, solar, natural gas, new battery technologies, and more – depend on innovations that come from epoxy technology to become more efficient, affordable, and scalable. These chemical innovations also enable breakthrough technologies in energy generation, storage, recovery, and alternative fuels, providing end-user products that contribute to a low-carbon society. For example:
- Epoxy resin-based products are widely used in renewable energy efforts such as electric and high-efficiency vehicle manufacturing, alternative energy production, and building materials that reduce energy consumption.
- Products treated with epoxies are more durable and better withstand the test of time, which reduces the energy, finances, and resources required to replace them.
- Epoxies provide the same, if not better, level of adhesion in vehicle manufacturing as metal fasteners, but they are much lighter, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
- Epoxies improve the technologies and materials needed for sustainable construction and urban mobility, including insulation, adhesives, sealants, and lightweight materials.
The epoxy industry is just one of many focused on innovations in sustaining life and commerce and enhancing renewable energy efforts.